Sunshine Coast Live has partnered with Sunshine Coast Council and USC to deliver dynamic professional development opportunities for theatre practitioners in the region.



Rebecca Dostal is a USC BA Alumni with a penchant for Puppetry who loves to share her passion. Rebecca creates large and small scale puppet characters that perform in festivals and comedy events around SEQ. “Puppets can tell stories in ways that enable both the performer and the audience to open their imaginations and entice play”. What is your story? We will have fun creating new characters from a base puppet and together we will turn on our story ideas into a puppetry production.

In this full day work-shop you will learn to play with puppets. Oh and of course the fundamentals of puppeteering hand and rod puppets and full body puppets. Mouth syncing, eye –hand co-ordination. Wear comfortable clothing for active engagement


DATE: Sat 10th August 2019

TIME: 9.30am-4.30pm

LOCATION: 25 people. Black Box, The Old Ambulance Station, Howard St, Nambour

COST: General public $25; SCTA member $20; Youth $10

Rebecca Dostal with puppet Ruby


Catherine Steer is originally from London. Her first professional work was in Theatre in Education. Catherine gained an Honours degree in Performing Arts in 1995, continuing to tour with puppetry across the UK and worked as an actor in Trestle Theatre Company and Norwich Puppet Theatre.  She completed her Masters in Professional Practice with USC in 2018.

In 2012, Catherine founded Queensland School of Performing Arts (QSPA) which currently has a studio in Nambour CBD. The company has over 100 students (young people aged 5–18, and adults) undertaking up to 10 productions per year of published and original work. Catherine is trained in a variety of specialist theatre subjects and philosophies such as Viewpoints, Introducing Shakespeare, Mask, Commedia dell’arte, Theatre of The Oppressed and Basic Circus Skills. Catherine has directed over 55 productions and written over 25 plays.

DATE: Sat 7th September 2019

TIME: 1pm-6pm

LOCATION: 15 people. Black Box, The Old Ambulance Station, Howard St, Nambour

COST: General public $25; SCTA member $20; Youth $10

Catherine Steer


Malcolm Prendeville has been operating in the music industry all his working life. Starting out as a sound technician, he toured extensively for many years with every kind of musical act, which then led to a broad range of experience in the music business as a booking agent; artist manager; major event technical production manager; major event site manager; and venue promoter.  Most recent Sunshine Coast events requiring production supply and operation include: Solbar, 2004– 2010; Noosa Surf Festival, 2012; Festuri, 2014; Peregian Originals, 2010–2015; along with multiple one-off events throughout South East Queensland.  Malcolm trades as PPS Production Services and South East Audio – Audio & Lighting Equipment Hire.

DATE: Sat 21st September 2019

TIME: 9.30am-4.30pm 

LOCATION: 6-12 people. Black Box, The Old Ambulance Station, Howard St, Nambour

COST: General public $25; SCTA member $20; Youth $10

Malcolm Prendeville


Catarina Hebbard holds both Arts (Acting) and Education degrees from QUT and Griffith respectively and works as a freelance director, actor, voice-over artist, mentor and teacher. As a Director, her most recent credits include: Poison (EG & Metro Arts), Spike Heels (QUT), Look Mum…No Hands!!! and Love Me; (co-director indelabilityarts), the Laramie Project (NIDA open), Bumpy Angels and DNA (The Arts Centre Gold Coast), Dolores (Anywhere Theatre Festival), Head Full of Love (Re-mount & National Tour 2015 QT/C), The Pitch & Eight (QT/C), Grimm Tales & More Grimm Tales (La Boite YAC) Medea Redux: Awkward Conversations (Daniel Evans & Metro Arts), Company and The Boy From Oz (Ignatians) and Machina (La Boite Indie). As Assistant Director: La Traviata (Opera Queensland), Quartet and Water Falling Down (QTC), Faustus (QTC & Bell Shakespeare). As an actor her Film and TV credits include: Girl Clock, the Chronicles of Narnia: Voyage of the Dawn Treader, Reef’n’Beef, the Down under Mystery Tour, K9 & Sally & Possum. Catarina is the Co-Artistic Director & Co-Founder of indelabilityarts, is an alumni of the Women Directors’ Program, Melbourne Theatre Company (2015), and was Youth and Participation Producer at La Boite (2015), Creative Director of Harvest Rain’s Incubator Season (2015) and Creative Associate at QT(C) (2011).

DATE: Sat 26th October 2019

TIME: 9.30am-4.30pm 

LOCATION: 20 people. Black Box, The Old Ambulance Station, Howard St, Nambour

COST: General public $25; SCTA member $20; Youth $10

Catarina Hebbard

For more information and bookings.

THEATRELAB 18:19 is inclusive. There is provision for auditors to observe sessions, disability access will be encouraged and workshop spaces allocated for youth.

These projects have been proudly supported by Sunshine Coast Council’s grants program.

Contact: Dr Jude Pippen 0428 188 184

TheatreLabs Proudly sponsored by

Supported by the Regional Arts Development Fund, a partnership between the Queensland Government and Sunshine Coast Council to support local arts and culture in regional Queensland.